Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives, but someone seems determined to end his. It may have something to do with the traitors he dealt with during the Civil War, or it might be related to the recent incident with Flint Greer and the ranch. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can't let his guard down for a moment, which is a challenge, since right now he's trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Glynna.
Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband, Flint, is dead, and she's determined to care for her son and daughter on her own. She wants to believe Dare Riker is as decent as he seems, but she's terrified to lock herself into another marriage. She plans to support her small family by opening a diner---never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent. The men in Broken Wheel, Texas, are so desperate for home cooking that they seem willing to overlook dried-out beef and blackened biscuits.
Glynna can't help but notice that danger follows Dare wherever he goes. There's the avalanche. And then the fire. But things really get out of hand when someone plunges a knife from Glynna's diner into Dare's back. Are Flint's cronies still plotting revenge? Is Glynna's son engaged in a misguided attempt to protect his mother? Is a shadowy outsider still enraged over past injustices? And can Dare survive long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?
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Even though this book wasn't as good as some of Mary Connealy's other books I still did really enjoy it!
After meeting Dare and Glynna in Swept Away I was rather excited for their story since it seemed like it'd be quite interesting. Dare was probably my favorite of the Regulators with his mix of the gruffness of a soldier and the gentleness of a doctor and Glynna intrigued me with how she had suffered through two dead-beat husbands and came out stronger because of it.
I was really afraid that Glynna's son Paul was going to cause trouble and be obnoxious but he had just enough anger and protectiveness of his mom to fit with the story but not enough to drive me crazy which was really awesome!
I loved seeing all the characters from Fired Up again though I wish Big John would have been in this one!
It absolutely cracked me up how all of the men in town would endure Glynna's horrible cooking just to see her and it was even more amusing how many of them ended up at Dare's with stomach problems!
All in all it was an enjoyable read and if you liked Swept Away then you won't want to miss Fired Up!
Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.
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I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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